The mayor of Lambeth has conferred Civic Awards on 10 of the borough’s unsung heroes.
Councillor Clive Bennett honoured the men and women at the annual council meeting held at Lambeth Town Hall on Wednesday, March 27.
The winners of the borough’s Schools Debating Competition were also given their prizes at the meeting.
The 10 Civic Award winners were:
Priscilla Baines – For her dedication and enthusiasm as chairman of the Friends of Durning Library, Kennington, and tireless input in improving and bringing her expertise and experience to many other local groups within Lambeth.
Lesley Allen – For her kindness and compassion in her role as group co-ordinator of Stockwell Good Neighbours Club and ensuring that elderly people are able to socialise in a homely and friendly atmosphere – among the many activities provided is the choir project, bringing much joy to the members.
Mary Killoughery – For her outstanding commitment, dedication and kindness in her role as warden at Castle House Sheltered Housing scheme and by going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the safety and happiness of the residents.
George Owen – For his relentless determination in improving the lives of those living in Lambeth (principally in Clapham), and his unstinting hard work and dedication to his many roles including treasurer of the Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee.
Patricia Fisher – For her dedication to serving organisations that promote the welfare of others, her commitment to All Saints Church, West Dulwich, especially in the promotion of the church’s outreach and generous heart and honest approach in all that she does.
Donna Sinclair – For her dedication and commitment in her role as chief executive of her organisation Options For Change – supporting vulnerable young people and their families and working tirelessly to encourage them to think positively through study and training.
John Wentworth – For his significant contribution to education in Lambeth and specifically his role as headteacher at Corpus Christi School, Brixton – encouraging and nurturing social responsibility in the young to promote and build a strong community.
Jamal Rahman – The Lord Scarman award for his loyalty and dedication to the people of Lambeth through his karate programme which encourages and teaches self-discipline, how to stay healthy and to respect each other – the programme has benefited many young people in giving them a sense of purpose in a clean and caring environment.
Lambeth Champion of the Year — Papas Park In recognition of their volunteer work running the park and making it a fantastic local amenity for the community, looking after the equipment and developing the park to keep it a safe and enjoyable place for all that use it.
Young Lambeth Champion of the Year — Elizabeth Atewologun in recognition of her hard work and dedication in tackling issues that affect young people in Lambeth and being an exceptional role model by giving up so much of her time to volunteer and improve the borough.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Cllr Bennett said: “Those we are honouring here tonight have clearly demonstrated the strength of our local communities and fostering of our neighbourhoods.”
Council leader Councillor Lib Peck said: “This is a real celebration of some of the best of Lambeth.
“You are winners of these awards because of the amount of effort and contributions you have put into making your communities much better.”
Nominations for the award were made by the public and the winners chosen by a panel made up of Lambeth police borough commander Chief Superintendent Matt Bell, borough fire commander Ian Black, general manager of the Lambeth branch of the Alzheimer’s Society (the mayor’s charity) Jon Meech, Cllr Bennett, Cllr Christine Barratt and Cllr John Whelan.
Cllr Bennett also handed down the awards to pupils at two schools who had excelled at the borough’s Schools Debating Competition.
The winners were:
Best questioner: Johnny Greetham of The Elm Green School – won £20 book voucher
Best speaker: Omari King of The Elm Green School – – won £20 book voucher
Best chairperson: Tamoy Phipps of Dunraven School – won £20 book voucher
Winning team: Dunraven School – won £200 cheque, £40 book tokens each plus week work ex at Lambeth Legal Services and week at 1 Grays Inn barristers’ chambers
Runner-up team: The Elm Green School — £150 cheque
Speaking as he made the awards, Cllr Bennett said: “The competition was an exceptional example of young people getting to grips with some difficult topics.”
The topics covered were: Are women better leaders in government? Should the Queen abdicate? Should life skills be on the schools curriculum to prepare young people for future life.
The competition was chaired by a leading QC held on Saturday March 16.
The judging panel was made up of councillors Christine Barrett and Matthew Bennett, the Deputy Youth Mayor Jeremiah Emmanuel and the Youth Mayor Samuel Davies.
It was chaired by barrister and part-time judge Francis Evans QC from 1 Grays Inn barristers’ chambers, who is also chairman of the board of trustees of Camberwell’s Southside Young Leaders’ Academy for under-achieving bright black boys and young men.
It was chaired by barrister and part-time judge Francis Evans QC, who is also chairman of the board of trustees of Camberwell’s Southside Young Leaders’ Academy for under-achieving bright black boys and young men.
The prizes were presented at the annual meeting that also saw new mayor Cllr Mark Bennett invested with the robes and chains of office.